The Vibe: It maybe England’s oldest hotel, after a recent renovation it feels fresh and contemporary.
The Area: In the Wiltshire market town of Malmesbury, with the Cotswolds immediately to the west.
The DNA: Dating back to 1220, the Grade I listed Old Bell Hotel underwent a sympathetic refurbishment ensuring original features – the impressive hooded stone fireplace in one lounge, for instance, is believed to be on of the first flue chimneys in England – and old English charm remain intact while elevating the guest experience and introducing a new level of elegance, charm and luxury. There are three lounges in total, meaning that it is easy to get one of the jewel-coloured velvet sofas all to yourself. There is a small, part-walled courtyard at the back and a restaurant in the grand dining room.
Suite-Me-Up: All of the 34 bedrooms are newly refurbished, individually designed and furnished, and carry their own story, with many named after the hotel’s historical figures. In the Master, Classic and Character rooms guests can choose from four-poster or king-size beds, classic bathrooms with roll-top baths, luxury bathrobes and views towards the abbey next door or over the rolling Cotswolds countryside.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 34 rooms (16-25m2) (172-269 sq ft) • bathroom amenities: Noble Isle ✅ free on-site parking • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible